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Adrienne Harris

This article examines Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation as a creative enterprise that opens up new ideas about documentary film and insights into working with new media. It considers how the making of this film worked as a prosthetic aspect to the filmmaker's identity and stability. In examining the interplay of sound, image, and written text, I note how Tarnation develops an artistic meditation on a number of important topics: the representation of trauma, the abstract and formal means of expressing the fragility of survival, the damage to memory and to identity that family dys-function causes, the technical demands of creating narratives of broken and contested lives. The material in the film and its mode of composition from the perspective of psychoanalytic studies of mourning, gay performance and identity, gender dysphoria and its relation to loss, and artistic projects as acts of healing are also considered.

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Thebes Troutman as Traveling Tween

Revising the Family Story

Margaret Steffler

take on the voices of others is part of a compulsive performance of trying on cultures, races, ethnicities, ages, and classes outside her own as she strives to reach beyond her identity and limitations as a “little white kid.” Thebes’s language is

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“Something Good Distracts Us from the Bad”

Girls Cultivating Disruption

Crystal Leigh Endsley

: “We may bend but we are never broken.” After her performance I probed, “What about Nola makes you proud to grow up here in spite of having to ‘bend’?” She attributed her survival techniques to growing up in her hometown, the same community that placed

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A Call to Action

Creativity and Black Girlhood

Crystal Leigh Endsley

the group, rendering the text itself as something of a performance space. Black girls are clearly the intended audience and readers. In this way, Brown presents performance as an action that honors the individual black girl's story at the same time as

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Heather Fitzsimmons Frey

she could not yet know like, for example, that her life trajectory would include a husband and five children, and I view her through analytical tools such as feminist theories, performance studies, contemporary ethnographic research, and discourse

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How to Survive the Postfeminist Impasse

Grace Helbig’s Affective Aesthetics

Catherine McDermott

postfeminism. Instead, I argue that an affective approach is key to understanding how performances like Helbig’s work both with and against postfeminist cultural norms. For instance, Berlant’s coinage of the term “juxtapolitical” (2008: 10) opens up discussion

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I’m Not Loud, I’m Outspoken

Narratives of Four Jamaican Girls’ Identity and Academic Success

Rowena Linton and Lorna McLean

discussion of how these responses influenced their performance of what we call black womaness. Suffering Injustices at School The girls felt that injustices were present in their schools, classrooms, and society, as was evidence of discrimination, especially

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Queering Virginity

From Unruly Girls to Effeminate Boys

Eftihia Mihelakis

on virginity in non-Western cinema. In the eighth and final chapter, “The Policing of Viragos and Other ‘Fuckable’ Bodies: Virginity as Performance in Latin America,” Tracy Crowe Morey and Adriana Spahr begin “with the epistemological (or performed

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Freak Temporality

Female Adolescence in the Novels of Carson McCullers

Alison Sperling

studies is a “fascinating sub-discipline” of disability studies. He defines “freakery” as “the intentional performance of constructed abnormality as entertainment” (2005: n.p.), arguing for the potential of conceiving of freaks not merely as voiceless and

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The Doll “InbeTween”

Online Doll Videos and the Intertextuality of Tween Girl Culture

Jessica E. Johnston

also been known to collect and play with these dolls. While the practice of playing with dolls past childhood is not new, recording and uploading these play performances to YouTube raise new considerations for scholars of girls’ media studies in